While I am off in California I wanted to remind those of you back in New York that Temple Beth-El in Bellmore is holding their second “Mah Jongg Tournament Light,” especially designed for Mah Jongg players who have never participated in tournaments. This is a great opportunity for those of you who want to test the water with tournaments to see if they might be for you (I’m sure they are!).
I am so excited about this Stay Strong and Mahj On upcoming event including lunch and Mah Jongg on April 14 at the beautiful – and delicious – Sarabeth’s! Linda Feinstein is the honorary chair plus we have the best benefit committee! I hope all of you in the tri-state area will attend what promises to be a fun and memorable afternoon.
Please go here to register: www.staystrongandmahjon.org/events – we are limited to 100 attendees and you won’t want to miss out. Great prizes and raffle items along with knowing that your donation is benefitting a wonderful breast cancer charity!
And much thanks to our dear friend, Lynn Chorn of www.wherethewindsblow.com, for all of her very generous support and caring.
Destination Mah Jongg World Championship is really taking off – there’s still time to sign up for the next 1-day qualifier tournaments in Columbus, Cleveland, and New York in November and December and also the big 3-day qualifier tournament in March in Atlanta – all with a chance to win your Golden Tickets. Here is their latest newsletter.
To join the mailing list, go to Destination Mah Jongg
Are you ever confused as to where and when the next tournament is being held? Would you like a schedule of Mah Jongg cruises? Have you been looking for a Mah Jongg blog or website to follow? Well, search no more…Fern Oliphant in Tampa, Florida and Sheryl Perry in Bellmore, New York, have put together a comprehensive website and Facebook page – Destination Mah Jongg – that pretty much says it all. Eight qualifier tournaments (along with all policies and rules plus you can actually register and pay right from this site), cruise information, and websites and blogs are all listed with the necessary links. As the website says, “A community for beginners and seasoned American Mah Jongg players, a destination to delight, engage and fill you with knowledge about the game you love to play – “
But the really big news about this website is that the series of 8 qualifier tournaments will lead up to the 1st Inaugural Mah Jongg World Championship in Las Vegas on July 22 – 24, 2016: “Mah Jongg, it’s not your grandmother’s game anymore. In a bold move, Destination Mah Jongg grabs this game by its tiles and offers the largest payday in American Mah Jongg tournament history and announces 2016 Mah Jongg World Championship to be hosted by Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.”
Here’s the official write-up: “Mah Jongg players rejoice and are dusting off their game tables. In the past few years there has been a huge resurgence in the game of Mah Jongg as well as interest for more tournaments. Today’s Mah Jongg play is a long way off from your Grandma’s game. Fern Oliphant from Tampa Florida and Sheryl Perry from 4 Winds Mah Jongg in New York have partnered together and have created Destination Mah Jongg and the Mah Jongg World Championship, soon to be a history making event and company. Destination Mah Jongg will be the host of high stakes Mah Jongg Tournaments around the country all leading up to the Mah Jongg World Championship where the best of the best will be invited to come and play. We proudly partnered Destination Mah Jongg with the Westgate, Las Vegas for the Championship to be held on July 22-24 2016.Destination Mah Jongg’s website (www.destinationmahjongg.com) an aggregator where you can find all things Mah Jongg. A community for beginners and seasoned Mah Jongg players, a destination to delight, engage and fill you with knowledge about the game we love to play. It is a source for Mah Jongg News, Tournaments and Cruises from around the country on an interactive map. It is a place to visit and find all your favorite FB pages and Mah Jongg Bloggers. In coming months, you will be able to find teachers around the country, events around the country, unique Mah Jongg sets and products. Destination Mah Jongg came from the love of the game. Luckily we sometimes get a chance just to do what we love.. We welcome all and hope you enjoy the site and our qualifiers as much as we enjoyed building it.”
As promised, here are the recipes from our luncheon on Wednesday.
- grape or mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
- spicy marinated bocconcini, herbed olive oil reserved
- diced rotisserie chicken
- Yep, you read this correctly – rotisserie chicken right from the market!!!
Pick the bocconcini out of the herbed olive oil. Quarter and transfer to a bowl. Add the tomatoes and the chicken. Drizzle with herbed olive oil and toss gently to combine; season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.